Hello Gary, good to meet you! Would you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Thank you, you too! I run The Private Press, a screen printing studio here in Brighton. While we predominantly print for artists and designers such as Eelus and Supermundane, we also work with lots of bands such as Hot Chip and Django Django, as well as posters for independent films. We host workshops and run live printing events too. We like to think of working collaboratively with all our clients, and going the extra mile to make the most beautiful screen prints possible.
How did you begin your screen-printing journey?
My background is in graphic design, and many years ago I commissioned some screen prints while working at an agency in London – when the posters came back from the printer I was mesmerised by the tactile nature of the prints. I took a brief course to introduce myself to the basic screen printing techniques and have been addicted ever since!
Tell us about the workshops you host?
The workshops are informal, hands on sessions usually on a Monday evenings. We start in the first week with making newsprint stencils and printing with those, in the second week we expose a screen using photo emulsion and your own digitally prepared artwork. I hope all attendees gain some basic knowledge and interest in the process, and begin a love of printing.
We spotted you at the Glug event in the summer! What do you enjoy about being part of events and live printing?
We really enjoy the Glug events! We do a lot of live printing, this summer we have been not only at Glug but the Brighton Illustration Fair and the Art Republic Yard Sale. We even took the pop-up press to the Green Man festival, which was great. Its a great way to connect with people and show how it all works. People love having a go and seeing a print appear before their eyes.
Do you have a favourite or a stand out piece you have recently printed?
I have so many favourites, especially as every print is so different, whether we print an ombre, layering colours to create additional colours or just printing some fluorescent or metallic inks. But if I had to choose it would probably be the posters we did for Hot Chip – the brief was really open, I worked closely with their designer, chose the colours we used and played around with he potioning of the last colour so that every single print was unique. And they are a band a love, so that made it extra special.
You print fine art editions for artists; can you tell us about your relationship with the artists?
I see it as a collaborative process, working closely with artists to achieve the very best results. We spend a long time with them choosing the right paper, preparing artwork and mixing and testing inks, and so on. An artist will put a lot of faith in us when commissioning a screen print, each print needs to be perfect, and we do everything possible to make sure every print that leaves the studio is of the highest quality.
Where does the magic happen? Would you kindly share it with our readers?
The Private Press present ‘Editions’ – a collection of exclusive, hand-pulled screen prints featuring a carefully chosen selection of artworks by leading contemporary artists. Editions seeks to showcase the infinite possibilities of creative screen printing, using interesting inks, papers and techniques, working closely and collaboratively with the finest graphic artists.
The series launches with exclusive new prints by:
All prints will be available to buy from midday, 2nd December 2016.
Join us from 6pm on the 1st December at Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton, where we’ll be launching the collection.
5 of each of the prints will be available to buy on the night with a one-off discount. There will also be a chance to win a print of your choice. Space is limited so please RSVP to guarantee attendance – firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook event page.
From the beginning 2017 there will be a new Editions print released every month with a different artist, each maintaining our reputation for beautiful, high quality screen printing.
More information to follow over the coming weeks – follow us on Instagram to see the prints in production.